Monday, June 8, 2015

Until the Harvest

Sarah Loudin Thomas stunned all of us with her debut novel Miracle in a Dry Season. Now she returns to the small town of Wise with this stunning sequel.

The death of a family member always manages to catch us by surprise. Even if we’ve braced ourselves for the impact for months the grief still manages to derail us. Henry was no different. Plagued with regrets I remember wishing so many times I could speak this verse to Henry.
            “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NLT

Troubles always have a way of finding us, but with God on our side we are never destroyed by the stones the world throws at us. We are given relief in many forms, from a beautiful picture to the innocence of a child’s logic.

Sarah puts a few unexplainable miracles in her books, which I find very interesting since most writers of contemporary fiction try to find ways to make their miracles believable to the world’s standards, but Sarah Loudin Tomas throws in miracles that go against the laws of nature, miracles only God can pull off. And she doesn’t make it a huge spectacle either. It’s subtle, like a whisper on the breeze. I find it refreshing.

I also found it interesting the Mayfair is a diabetic. You find very few books that have a main character with diabetes, and having type 1 and type 2 diabetes myself I found myself relating more with Mayfair and her older sister Margaret.

Again I am taken away into a story with characters that touch my heart, and that I can easily relate to. But one thing did pop up that bugged me like in the previous book. There was little to do with Sadie. Through Perla, her mother, is in there plenty Sadie is barely mentioned three times throughout the entire book. It was kind of the same in the first book, so I’m hoping the author has something planned for her. It doesn’t seem right for this character to be put on the back burner, other then that the book was wonderful and perfect.

I enjoy the time period it’s set in, and Sarah Loudin’s writing style. And I really look forward to what the author will come out with next.

Well, until next time folks. I hope you have a blessed day!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given